Saturday, March 25, 2017

Play Time

Most of the things for the gallery show where I will be exhibiting are now completed. Whew!  I have the inventory listing done except for a few woven clothing items that I need to give "names."
In one of the fiber forums a member asked about the gallery show.  So let me share that info with you also.

The Gallery Show will be in Guntersville, Alabama starting April 5th 2017 at the Mountain Valley Arts Council located at 300 Gunter Avenue. The reception will be April 6th from 5pm to 7 pm. I will be there for the reception.
The exhibit runs until April 28th.
Gallery hours are:
TUESDAY - FRIDAY 1 TO 5PM
SATURDAY 10AM TO 2PM
PHONE (256)571-7199

I will have woven clothing, wall hangings, art quilts and paintings in the exhibit.
So after that,  it was playtime this afternoon.
The choice was Stitch and Slash which I find to be fun for a project to start without much planning.  I chose my fabrics and did a quick check using my phone's camera to be sure I had a good value range.




Yes,  it is a good range of values. There is a DARK, Med Dark, Med Light and a light. (I am never sure with yellows - they can be tricky.)

The design was decided on, fabrics were stitched and then the slashing started.  I broke a seam ripper - well just the cover that acts as the handle - but it will be okay.

Here is the piece as it is right now.
Do you see a little robot or maybe a space creature?
I am always surprised by the outcome on these!
It needs to be layered on fleece (or batting) and then lots more stitching with decorative threads, maybe some couching and who know what else before the muse says "Hey, it looks finished to me!"

The Stitch and Slash class is on sale now for only $14.99 if you want to play along.  The finished pieces make great wall hangings or pillow covers.  You could also use them to make bags or whatever your muse can imagine.

I hope you remember that play time is important for your creative spirit.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cold and Hot

Yesterday I sewed a vest in a hot red passionate fabric that I had woven a while back.
Red Passion Vest
I love the richness of this red color with black and white along with a few other colors subtly mingled in with it.

Today I switched to a cooler color palette and made another vest with fabric in blue and black that has bits of green, silver and white.   The silver has a really nice sparkle.
Ice Crystal Vest
 This vest is versatile in that it can be worn with  the lapels open or with both closed or even with just one open as shown above.  Truthfully, I am sure there are other possible variations.  With both closed, a nice pin or brooch would really add a sophisticated  look.  I think this would look great worn with a a white shell under it and a dark skirt or pants and heels.  It could be dressed up very simply.  But it could also be very stylish for a casual workday with jeans and a t-shirt.

I have had a great time sewing up some of my handwoven fabric to make garments. I am not sure which ones will be displayed in the gallery show.  I probably have more pieces of art, wall hanging and clothing than they will need.
Who says "less is more?"  I say "More is more."  (Of course I errrr..... acquired that line from Dolly Parton. )
I hope you are having a wonderful week.

Big Smiles,

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sewing a Garment from My Handwoven Fabric

The starting point was a pattern in a book for making clothing from handwoven fabrics.  I messed up the pattern because I didn't quite comprehend the fabric requirements. I needed not one but two of the pieces for the top section and I had only one. So I improvised.  So I dropped back and changed it completely. It is a large size and was intended to be longer than it is.
Originally it was a bit boxy, so I decided to add seams that are sort of like darts in the front. I think that makes it look a bit more feminine and tailored as it slims toward the waist.

Here is the "boxy" version:
I also sewed pieces on two quilted works to make them hangable for the gallery show in April.
There is at least one more garment that I wish to make for the show.  Of course,  I have a medical appointment today (Tuesday) and Mom has one on Wednesday.   Perhaps I will manage to get it all done.
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

World Wide Quilting Day

Today, March 18 is World Wide Quilting Day.  I put my other projects aside and worked on making a quilt top.
First two pieces of fabric that I hand dyed were sliced and converged a la Ricky Tims and became this.
It didn't seem to have enough punch. Strong black was called into play and with more slicing and re-piecing, it became this:


While the plan was a little bit different, this is a very happy piece.  Some of it changed due to the restrictions of fabric size. But some of it changed due to going too quickly. (aka operator error - says the peanut gallery.)

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Big Smiles,
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Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek at a piece I am working on.  The hummingbird was planned for a different background. But there was too much blue and purple on that woven background. Instead, a piece of my hand dyed fabric was substituted for the woven background.  This piece makes a perfect background for it. Pure serendipity.
I am not sure the flower is finished.  Only time will tell how I finish it.  This little fused appliqué makes me smile even in its unfinished state.
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